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John Kerry warns US presidential race is becoming an 'embarrassment'

The Secretary of State has cautioned that the election is damaging the country's reputation and making the country appear less stable and reliable

Siobhan Fenton for Independent reports: US Secretary of State John Kerry has called the 2016 presidential race an “embarrassment” and warned that it is lowering the country’s reputation internationally.

Kerry claimed that many of the world leaders he has met recently expressed their concern over the 2016 election cycle, saying “I think it’s fair to say that they’re shocked. It upsets people’s sense of equilibrium about our steadiness, about our reliability. “

“And to some degree I must say to you, some of the questions, the way they’re posed to me, it’s clear to me that what’s happening is an embarrassment to our country,” Mr Kerry warned.

So far many have labeled the elections as one of the most quarrelsome and fractured over the recent years. Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is enough to strike a note of disdain from a regular voter.

Fenton continues: “He has previously called for a temporary ban on Muslims from entering the US, supported killing terror suspects’ families in contravention of international human rights laws and supported military torture of prisoners.

Recently at rallies, he has been accused of encouraging and tolerating violence. A number of arrests have been made amid allegations that protestors have been attacked and injured by Trump supporters. At a recent rally, Mr Trump said of one protestor: “I’d like to punch him in the face.” At another, he said: “Get him [a protestor] out. Try not to hurt him. If you do I’ll defend you in court… Are Trump rallies the most fun? We’re having a good time.”

Curious enough that the Republican party is rich with candidates that do not fail to deliver controversial comments.

“Texas senator and fellow Republican nominee hopeful Ted Cruz has also made comments regarding Muslim communities which have been criticised as amounting to discrimination. He has advocated sending police officers to areas with large Muslim populations to “patrol and secure” them,” concludes Fenton.

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

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